There are many different career paths within the Transportation Security Administration. One of the most invisible is Air Marshal. On the other end of the spectrum, work as a TSA Officer is often as the first point of security contact for air travelers.
Federal Air Marshal
A Federal Air Marshal detects, deters, and defeats hostile acts against U.S. air carriers, passengers, and crews. As an armed Federal law enforcement officer, he or she is deployed on passenger flights worldwide to protect airline passengers and crew against the risk of criminal and terrorist danger. They perform investigative work and participate in multi-agency task forces and in land-based investigative assignments to proactively fight terrorism. A Federal Air Marshal promotes public confidence in the safety of the nation’s aviation system as a “quiet professional” in the skies
Transportation Security Officer
A TSA officer implements security-screening procedures that are integral to TSA objectives and protects the traveling public by preventing any deadly or dangerous objects from being transported onto an aircraft. They also assist in conducting screening of passengers, baggage and cargo and in monitoring the flow of passengers through the screening checkpoint to facilitate the efficient processing of passengers. In addition, maintaining close, effective communication with supervisors regarding any issues that might reveal a weakness or vulnerable area of security screening that is discovered in the course of screening duties is of utmost importance. Officers also participate in information briefings concerning security-sensitive or classified information to keep up with current security needs.